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Fr. Xavier   Gerald Gilbert Colavechio, O. Praem.
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Obituary for Fr. Xavier Gerald Gilbert Colavechio, O. Praem.

Father Xavier Gerald Gilbert Colavechio, O. Praem., age 86, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s Eternal Kingdom on 22 March 2018.

Father Xavier was born on 7 April 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Archibald and Catherine (McCrossen) Colavechio.

In 1948, Father Xavier graduated from Southeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated with a B.A. Degree in Philosophy from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, in 1952 and continued his education earning graduate degrees in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy in 1957, and from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC in 1959.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on 28 August 1948. He professed Simple Vows on 28 August 1950, Solemn Vows on 28 August 1953, and was ordained to the Priesthood on 29 June 1955.

Father Xavier taught at St. Norbert College for more than 15 years, where he also served as chairman of the Humanities Division for much of his tenure. He later served as the Rector of the Norbertine Generalate in Rome. In 1989, Father Xavier was one of the original members of the Norbertine Priory of Saint Moses the Black in Jackson, MS, where he served as administrator and pastor of St. Mary Parish, Jackson, MS and vocation coordinator until 2003. Upon his return to De Pere, he was appointed Director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey and held that position for 2 years. From 1999-2005, he served on the Board of Trustees of St. Norbert College. In 2005, the Norbertine Abbot General appointed Fr. Xavier to represent the Order to a small community of priests who were seeking affiliation with the Norbertine Order. This appointment found him travelling to Sant' Antimo, Italy, and during his several visits, he worked with the community, teaching about the history, customs and constitutions of the Norbertine Order. In addition to this, Father Xavier also assisted at St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay and ministered at the Quad Parishes of Green Bay. In his later years, he resided at St. Norbert Abbey, working in internal ministry.

Father Xavier is survived by the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey and one sister, Sister Regina Fidelis, I.H.M., in Immaculata, PA, as well as three nieces, Patricia Colavechio, Kathleen Colavechio and Anna Barr, all of Philadelphia, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; Thomas (Nancy) Colavechio, Rev. Francis Colavechio, and one sister, Sister Therese Maureen Colavechio, I.H.M.

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey on Palm Sunday evening, 25 March 2018 beginning with Vespers of the Dead – Reception of the Body at 5:00 PM and continuing until 8:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the Abbey on Monday of Holy Week, 26 March 2018 from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM. The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will be held in the Abbey Church on Monday, 26 March 2018 at 10:30 AM; Very Rev. James T. Baraniak, O. Praem., Prior Administrator of St. Norbert Abbey, will serve as principal celebrant; Right Rev. Jerome G. Tremel, O. Praem., Abbot Emeritus, will serve as the homilist at the concelebrated funeral liturgy.

Burial will follow immediately in the St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery.

Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.

The Norbertine Community is grateful for the extraordinary care Father Xavier received from the abbey medical and nursing staff.


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Visitation

Sunday

25

Mar

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Norbert Abbey

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

Vespers & the Reception of the Body will begin at 5:00 PM followed by visitation.

Visitation

Monday

26

Mar

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
St. Norbert Abbey

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

Service

Monday

26

Mar

10:30 AM
St. Norbert Abbey

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Norbert Abbey and Cemetery

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

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